A 10-member Fairfax City task force spent a month writing an informational bulletin on the $15 million road bond referendum that will appear on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The city is proposing to widen a stretch of Rte. 123 (Chain Bridge Road) from two lanes to four and to convert portions of Chain Bridge Road and University Drive to one-way streets to help move traffic more quickly through the city.

The annual cost of the road bond would be $1.4 million, or 11.6 cents of the city's current residential and commercial tax rate of $1.08 per $100 of assessed value. For the owner of a $100,000 house, the payment on the bond would represent $116 of the $1,080 the homeowner is currently paying in yearly property taxes.

Diane Cabe, public information officer for the city, said approval of the referendum would not necessarily mean an increase in the property tax rate.

"It depends on the City Council. It can keep it {the rate} the same and just use a portion of the city's present revenues," Cabe said.

The plan to go before the voters would finance the widening of Chain Bridge Road from two lanes to four between Kenmore Drive and Warwick Avenue near Rte. 50. Rust Curve, a winding, wooded stretch of Chain Bridge Road just north of the downtown area, would be unchanged.

Chain Bridge Road and the parallel University Drive would be converted to one-way streets from Judicial Drive to Kenmore Drive. In addition, the 20-year bond issue would pay for extending Judicial Drive east to University Drive and for realigning Kenmore Drive to connect with Layton Hall Drive.

The bulletin, which is to be mailed to voters by Oct. 1, has three pages of factual information, a map of proposed route changes, and a list of the bond issue's pros and cons.

The City Council, in an attempt to keep the pamphlet objective, appointed people with diverse backgrounds to the Road Bond Task Force, with names coming from the Chamber of Commerce and civic associations.

Dr. Barrie Cook was elected chairman after his appointment as chairman pro-tem by the mayor. The group met every other week in six two-hour meetings from July 16 to Aug. 17.

"Our main problem, initially, was to remember that this was to be an unbiased report presenting the pros and cons. After we got over that hurdle, most of the problems were very minor," Cook said.

Cook said the group listened to several presentations from city officials, including the city engineer, the city financial officer and the acting director of public works. Also, the group went through city documents, including its Traffic and Transportation Study, the Chain Bridge Road Landscape Program and the results of an opinion survey by the city that was conducted by the Department of Community Development and Planning.

Also, group members looked at the minutes, summaries and videotapes of the public hearings and read briefs of City Council members' opinions. Members of the task force were Cook, Cabe, Claudia Lewis, Thad Murray, Edward S. Miller, Joseph L. Vignes, Walter E. Duka, Edward M. Keefe, Thomas M. Bacon and William Wunderlich.